Summer Opportunities Panel

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Today, SNMA-MAPS hosted a Summer Opportunities Panel to inform a packed room of pre-health undergrads about various research programs. Honorable mentions include the following:

CAMP (from their website):

The Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) is a 6-week summer program for undergraduate students who have completed the freshman or sophomore year in college, or who are graduating from high school in spring of 2012 and have been accepted into college.

The Pritzker School of Medicine Office of Multicultural Affairs developed CAMP to help multicultural and disadvantaged students build the knowledge base and academic skills necessary for success in a premedical program. Taught in an interactive, mini-medical school format, the program features:

  • Group-learning and team-building projects
  • Interactive lectures on 3 major organ systems
  • Clinical shadowing opportunities with physician mentors
  • Pre-medical advising and mentoring sessions
  • Social events with Pritzker students, faculty, and staff
  • $1000 stipend

summer opps panel2The 2012 CAMP is a non-residential, tuition-free program. Program participants must commute five days a week to the University of Chicago campus. Participants will receive Chicago Transit Authority bus passes to defray in-town transportation expenses associated with the program.

All lectures take place at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Students will be selected locally or must have a local residence for the duration of this commuter program. The $1000 stipend is provided to assist with the student’s summer earnings. Students are not permitted to work part-time jobs or take any additional classes during the program because there is considerable out-of-class work to prepare.

PSOMER (from their website):

The Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) program is an 8-week research, education, and mentoring experience with University of Chicago faculty. PSOMER is open to college students who are rising juniors and seniors graduating after January 1, 2012. Applicants must be US citizens or have Permanent Resident status. The program seeks high achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds, African American/Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other groups that have shown to be underrepresented in the health related sciences and medicine. The projects will range from basic science laboratory to clinical research projects. Highlights of the program include:

  • Weekly research colloquium
  • Research presentation at the end of the program
  • Weekly seminars on subjects ranging from health care disparities to applying to medical school
  • Advising sessions with Pritzker admissions officers
  • Informal and social events with Pritzker medical students
  • $3,200 stipend to cover the cost of room and board and provide summer earnings

Participants will live on the campus of the University of Chicago for the 8-week experience in order to foster the same sense of community and cooperative learning that exists among our medical students. They will formally and informally meet with and be mentored by medical students, socialize with them, and have a live-in MD or MD-PhD student resident assistant.

The Pritzker School of Medicine is committed to building a diverse physician workforce and greater cultural competency among its students; therefore individuals of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students are not permitted to work part-time jobs or take any additional classes during the program because there will be considerable lab work to perform and out-of-class work to prepare.

Katen Scholars (from their website, you first have to log in):

Sponsored by the Karen Katen Fund for Science, the Katen Scholars Program supports rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students interested in pursuing careers in health, medicine, and science. Scholars are awarded a $4,250 stipend to complete a summer research project with a faculty mentor. In addition to research responsibilities, the Katen Scholars participate in a weekly seminar to discuss readings on the social context of health, medicine, and science. Scholars work collaboratively throughout the summer to prepare presentations for the Katen Symposium at summer’s end. The Katen Scholars will also participate in various events throughout the following academic year. UChicago Careers in Health Professions is happy to assist applicants in identifying a faculty mentor and/or research project. Previous research experience is not required.

The program is ten weeks in length, beginning in June and culminating with a symposium at the end of August.

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Thank you to all of our wonderful guests and panelists!


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